BORO SugarShack; WestboroughSchools

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Raised by 83 people in 2 months
Created September 14, 2018
The BORO Sugar Shack Planning Committee is launching this GoFundMe page to support the Westborough Public Schools’ innovative new program to help students with special abilities, aged 18-22, gain real-world job skills right in their home community!

After much planning, the Westborough Public Schools opened its post-high school transition program, the BORO Program (Bridging Over to Right Opportunities), in the fall of 2017.  Now that the BORO program is in full-swing, we need your financial support to help bring the final stage of the project, the BORO Sugar Shack, to life.

The BORO Sugar Shack, a candy and gift store, will be an on-site learning lab and training center for our students to learn job-related skills in a real business setting.  The Sugar Shack is located in the heart of downtown Westborough, allowing the entire Westborough community to participate in -- and enjoy -- this unique retail experience.  We need your financial donation to help set up the store, including buying the first batch of products to sell.


Background:
Public schools are responsible for providing education for students with complex learning needs from the ages of 3-22.  This unique population of students with special abilities receives local schools' extra support at the beginning and completion of the typical kindergarten to grade 12 educational journey.  In Westborough, the core value of our age 18-22 program is to successfully launch students into career, college, and work opportunities within their home community, where they have the best opportunities to thrive.  An essential component of the BORO Program and the BORO Sugar Shack learning lab is to provide robust educational development, as well as vocational-technical and life skills training in the center of Westborough.

Community members and professional organizations are fully vested in this endeavor, and have embraced and invested in the BORO Program development in a variety of ways, including monetary contributions, equipment donations, program supplies, a vehicle to transport students to area colleges and work opportunities, and making the video introduction to support this GoFundMe.  The community has donated funding to assist with the renovation of the community space, provided teaching and learning opportunities both on and off site, and is welcoming the anticipated goal of work placement for young adults within the business community.  Two previous town meeting warrant articles have demonstrated strong support in favor of this program by the Westborough community.

Cash or in-kind donations to the Westborough Public Schools may qualify for a federal tax deduction under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Please consult your tax adviser for specific advice.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!  We sincerely appreciate your investing in the BORO Program and giving Westborough students the opportunity to continue learning and growing in their home community.

If you have any questions, including an interest in making a sizable donation, please contact Sherrie Stevens, Westborough's Director of Pupil Personnel, at stevenss@westboroughk12.org
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Exciting news!! We are so grateful that this GoFundMe has raised $10,000 for the opening of the BORO Sugar Shack. This milestone was achieved thanks to the generosity of each and every one of you -- so THANK YOU!!!!

To see some preview photos of the store, head on over to the BORO Sugar Shack Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/borosugarshack/ The students and staff are so excited that the Sugar Shack will open tomorrow, 11/15. Hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11-4; Fridays 11-7. Also please feel free to share this GoFundMe site again with your family and friends since we appreciate additional financial support.

With deepest appreciation,
The BORO Sugar Shack Implementation Committee
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Dear BORO Sugar Shack supporters,

The BORO Sugar Shack Planning Committee thanks you again for your generous support!!

We also have exciting news to share: the Sugar Shack will open this Thursday, November 15th!! Hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11-4 and Fridays from 11-7. We hope you can stop by soon for sweet treats and unique gifts, while helping our students with special abilities acquire real-world job skills. (More information in the link below)

We look forward to seeing you at the BORO Sugar Shack. Thank you!!

PS. Feel free to continue sharing this GoFundMe page with your family and friends since we appreciate additional financial support.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/westborough/boro-sugar-shack-opening-november-15th?fbclid=IwAR2ayqU_4zEdIrS06jZhuIlL13uusO-RvTuzytYmwFbPrg6CCY0rzccyH1M
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Hello BORO Sugar Shack supporters --

Again, on behalf of the entire BORO Sugar Shack Planning Committee, thank you for your generous support!! The school district is working hard to get the final details in place so that the Sugar Shack can open in the next couple of weeks... Stay tuned!

In the interest of transparency, I wanted to let you know how the proceeds from this GoFundMe site will be distributed to the BORO Sugar Shack. Each month, GoFundMe will write a check payable to me (since I set up this site) and then I will sign the check over to the BORO Sugar Shack to be placed in the BORO's revolving account. Feel free to reach out to me or to Sherrie Stevens, Westborough Public Schools' Director of Student Services, with any questions.

Thanks again for your generosity!
Ilyse Levine-Kanji
ilyselevinekanji@gmail.com
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Thank you all so much for donating to support the BORO Sugar Shack!!! We are thrilled with the generous outpouring the BORO Sugar Shack has received from so many people!!

In order to reach a wider audience, could you please "share" this GoFundMe campaign? You can share the campaign either by going to this GoFundMe page & clicking the "share" icon (forward arrow) on social media -- or by sending an email to friends & family with this link: https://www.gofundme.com/boro-sugarshack-westboroughschools

Thank you for helping launch the BORO Sugar Shack! We look forward to seeing you soon at the store. Stay tuned for upcoming information on its opening :)
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